By Diane Setterfield
Bellman & Black is a heart-thumpingly ideal ghost tale, fantastically and irresistibly written, its ratcheting stress exquisitely calibrated line through line. Its hero is William Bellman, who, as a boy of eleven, killed a sparkly black rook with a catapult, and who grew as much as be a person, his neighbours imagine, who "could visit the nice or the bad." And certainly, even if William Bellman's existence in the beginning turns out blessed--he has a contented marriage to a stunning lady, turns into father to a brood of brilliant, powerful young ones, and prospers in business--one by means of one, humans round him die. And at each one funeral, he's startled to work out a wierd guy in black, smiling at him. firstly, the useless are far-off kin, yet finally his personal young children die, after which his spouse, abandoning just one baby, his favorite, Dora. Unhinged by way of grief, William will get inebriated and stumbles to his wife's clean grave--and who may be there ready, however the smiling stranger in black. The stranger has a proposition for William--a mysterious company referred to as "Bellman & Black" . . .
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Father Jean-Joseph Surin, a Jesuit who served as an exorcist for the nuns at Loudun, France, when they experienced an outbreak of possession, himself became possessed by a demon of lust that tormented him for many years. Three centuries later, Aldous Huxley told the story in The Devils of Loudun (1952), which itself became the basis for director Ken Russell’s 1971 film, The Devils. Coming shortly on the heels of the Loudun case and the Church’s publication of Chapter XII was John Milton’s Paradise Lost (1667), which ranks on a level with Dante’s Inferno for its profound influence upon cultural views of Satan and the Demon, and which displays clear evidence of having been influenced by First Enoch with its angelic wars.
The battle was in fact conducted within and for the sake of people’s souls. The helpful inner voice of Socrates, when grafted into the Chaldean-inspired demonology, had been transformed into the voice of temptation. In the more extreme cases, the daimonic-cum-demonic influence was transformed into the full-blown phenomenon of demonic possession. There was no shortage of these evil spirits because every spirit that was not aligned with the one God was by definition a demon. This meant foreign gods were held to be demonic spirits who had deceived entire nations.
Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield